On Christmas break from college, our family would both enjoy and dread the ‘reuniting.’ Growing up with two parents and six siblings in a small home, we would naturally bump into each other and conflicts would occur. My dad’s solution, to ‘offer it up,’ was not always heeded. Why was it so difficult to ask for or give forgiveness?

Imagine being the leper in today’s Gospel – asking/begging for help and seeing Jesus cure me! With the simple words, ‘if you choose, you can make me clean,’ the leper gave and surrendered himself to Jesus. Jesus’ response of healing and grace freed the leper to devote his life to Jesus.

Can we amend our life and surrender wholly to Jesus?

—Tim Freeman is a Major Gifts Officer at John Carroll University and is on the board of the Ignatian Spirituality Project.




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